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AZ Data to Drive Public Health Interventions

By |October 24th, 2011|

Making good decisions about prioritizing which public health issues to tackle and how to target our interventions rests on our ability to collect and analyze public health data.  For infectious disease surveillance that means have a base of solid reporting and surveillance so we can analyze infectious disease trends.  For chronic diseases, we need to […]

Guillain Barré Investigation Update

By |August 5th, 2011|

Last month I told you about a rare cluster of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) along the US-Mexico border near Yuma, AZ.  Since then, we’ve identified 8 more cases for a total of 24 (7 in AZ, 17 in Sonora).  GBS is a rare condition that results in paralysis of the legs, but can sometimes affect the arms and […]

Winnable Battle- Healthcare Acquired Infections

By |August 18th, 2010|

Each year in the US there are 1.7 million health care associated infections that cause approximately 99,000 deaths in US hospitals.  There are lots of germs that can cause health care associated infections, but 16% are in the really bad category because they’re resistant to  antibiotics.  These multidrug-resistant organisms pose huge problems once they get […]

Infections

By |March 3rd, 2010|

Post-surgery infections cost a fortune.  Health care–associated infections cause 1.7 million extended hospitalizations each year.  A study published last week in the Archives of Internal Medicine looked at the clinical and economic costs from these infections which are poorly understood.  The researchers looked at national hospital discharge records to find sepsis (blood borne infections) and […]